*We were extremely excited to be down in the beautiful Catskill Mountains to capture this awesome couple, and event. Carly is going to take it from here!*

I’m typically a feisty, forward thinking modern woman, but when it comes to the big milestones in life, it’s incredibly important to pay homage to those who came before us, who laid the groundwork for the opportunities Jordan & I have today. In keeping with our Jewish heritage, we wanted to incorporate as many moments into our wedding that would keep us tied to our roots.

The chuppah(canopy) above us featured Jordan’s late grandpa’s tallis(prayer shawl.) Jordan’s Poppi was the only grandparent I had the pleasure of meeting, and when he passed, Jordan’s family thought he should have it for his wedding day. The sterling silver cup of wine we drank from together, was gifted to us and engraved for our wedding day from my mother’s side of the family in South Africa – a tradition kept alive by gifting Saffer Family Fund members Kiddush cups on their big day for over 100 yrs. In a traditional Jewish ceremony, you can’t get married with a band that has stones in it. It must be a smooth, unbroken circle, to represent our future marriage. While I’ve been wearing this particular ring on my thumb everyday since she passed, we used my Granny Rachel’s gold ring for the ceremony to keep her in our thoughts.

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa & Jordan grew up in Albany, NY. Because we were having the wedding in a NY State Park, I wanted to bring a little South Africa to the party ;) We incorporated proteas, the natl flower of S.A., into my wedding bouquet, the chuppah, adorning the cake, & on our invitation. All around the rustic, natural wood tones of the space were pops of gold to keep up a modern vibe. Little details like South African sweets on the dessert table were decorated with DIY gold painted safari animals. A gold rhino even made an appearance on the head table.

-What are your wedding colors and/or themes? Light grey, sage greens & grey blues. I thought the muted natural colors would pop against the backdrop of lush green mountains, keeping the rustic elegance of the mountains in mind.

-What is your inspiration when planning your wedding? Nothing should compete with the natural beauty of the mountains. We’re not into gaudy, ostentatious elements – we just wanted to keep it down to earth, make sure everything felt like us. Quirky, welcoming, natural, with maybe a throw back to our favorite decade, the 90’s ;)

We handpicked epic tunes that we asked the Frankie, our incredible DJ to play – from Montell Jordan to Biggie, Backstreet Boys to Spice Girls, we just wanted to dance our asses off. We also are lucky enough to be surrounded by some truly talented musicians. My good friends from college, Mia & Gregg, played a mashup of gorgeous songs that I wanted to surprise Jordan with as we walked down the aisle. One of the first things my husband & I connected about, was that both of our dads played in bands. So as musicians ourselves, Jordan & I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to perform with our fathers at our own wedding. We practiced the arrangement ONCE. Then we just jammed in front of all our friends & family ending with a Justin Bieber hit, because… well, I’m Mrs JBiebs for better or worse!

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Dress Shop: Panache Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Mila Arsovska
Veil: Monique Lhulier, borrowed from my MOH
Bridesmaid dresses: Mismatched dresses from Nordstrom, Reformation, JCrew
Flowers: Golds Flowers
Cake: Homestyle Desserts
Catering: Bear Mountain Inn
Entertainment: Get Down Entertainment
Invitation/Program Design: Hadley Custom Designs
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: Coordinator – Mina Park at Bear Mountain Inn, Planner – Jessica Kausen, Designed by Carly Menkin & Jessica Kausen

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